David Butts, owner of the Disabled American Veterans store at 13th St. and Buddy Holly Ave in Lubbock, has announced that the store will be closing its doors for good after more than 50 years of serving the community and its veterans. Butts cited financial hardships due to the impact of COVID as the reason for the closure.
The thrift store, which is in partnership with the local DAV chapter, has provided over $400,000 to Disabled American Veterans over the years, but has struggled to turn a profit in recent times. Despite his efforts to keep it afloat, Butts believes it would take a miracle to save it at this point.
Butts took over the store just two months before the pandemic hit and was forced to shut down for two months. Since then, business has declined and Butts has made the difficult decision to close the store. However, he emphasized the importance of its mission to help veterans and expressed his gratitude to those who have served our country. He said that his own father’s military service is why the store is so special to him.
With the store set to close just before Christmas, Butts is offering a 50 percent discount on all items. He highlighted the store’s unique treasures and encouraged the community to take advantage of the sale before